2019 Best Theatre Company : Area Stage Company
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In 1989, Area Stage Company (ASC) was born. Thirty years later, the theater company has become a local and regional model for how to put on a damn good show. In addition to presenting locally inspired works and events, ASC isn't afraid to take on the big names. Case in point: Its latest season boasted everything from Disney's The Little Mermaid to The Wizard of Oz to Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical. On top of its typically wow-worthy performances, ASC is all about boosting the community's skills. For example, the company regularly hosts group acting, singing, and dance classes and even offers the Inclusion Theatre Project for aspiring student actors aged 5 and up with developmental disabilities. The company will soon move from its Riviera Plaza home to a venue that's yet to be announced. But wherever it lands, you certainly won't want to miss any of the action.